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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We have Friends

Very talented Friends

Recently we attended an Art Exhibit featuring well known Artist Susan Gallacher

As often happens, when you have been married for 47 years, we independently picked the very same painting as our favorite 

Now it so happens that Susan is a very good friend.  On weekends, Susan lives in her charming, turn-of-the-century country house

And, Susan was in need of a kitchen mural for her newly remodelled kitchen

Exchanges like that happen in our little town

This is my reproduction of an original painted by a Dutch artist in the 18th century

It is believed that it might have been used as a shop sign by a Dutch Flower Seller

Susan thinks that it is perfect for her kitchen and we love our new painting

Good Will abounds in our little town
For an entire winter Gene helped our local Sheep Rancher feed more than 800 head of sheep.  That represents lifting many heavy bales of hay. 
Beef Pot Roasts keep appearing at our front door.

In winter, after a snow storm, I don't see much of Gene
He's visiting all over town with his beloved Ford Jubilee Tractor, digging and moving mountains of snow
A thank you is all he needs to make him happy

Have you made a memorable exchange?



  1. I love all the sentiment in that post, dear Gina...beautiful delicate art, friendship and generosity...yes, life should be like this all the time!

    ps: big applause to your husband :-)

  2. Similarly, bottles of preserves and beets, stolen, sauerkraut, etc. keep appearing at our house and our parking area is always snow-free. What wonderful friends you are.

  3. Dear Lala, Your "viva los Reyes" photographs are outstanding. Love the way the night light hits the bright colors of the costumes.

  4. Dear Christine and Steven, We have many a fine delicacy coming our way from your gourmet kitchen.

  5. I would have chosen the same painting too, it's beautiful. You live in a nice little community there, where exchanging art and talents, and helping out do happen.

  6. Love everything about this post Gina, and the photos are beautiful. What a wonderful painting you received from your friend, difficult to appreciate it's size from your photo but it's a great composition.
    You and your husband make quite a team, no wonder you seem so happy!

  7. Beautiful mural! I have been away too long...loved getting caught up. Your home is beautiful in any season, but it is looking particularly magical with all of the snow. You live in a winter wonderland! Hope your New Year is off to a great start.


  8. Dear Francesca, I know that you know all about sharing and helping out..you also live in a small community, on a hilltop in Italy.

  9. Dear Sharon, The painting is medium-sized. If I could I would own many more of Susan's paintings.
    I look forward to each and every one of your blogposts. It's lovely to read about your rural life in the countryside of France.

  10. Dear Jermaine, Thank you for stopping by. It's lovely to see you here. Been enjoying your beautiful photographs of your succulents in your house and in your garden.

  11. What a wonderful story, Gina! I love the photos of Gene and his tractor. I can just imagine what terrific neighbors you are and what you contribute to the community. And your home is soooo fabulous, sigh. :)

    Wishing you a cozy weekend. xo – g

  12. Dear Georgianna, We love living in this small community. Everyone, without exception, is friendly and ready to help their neighbors. You must come for a visit.